Camera Used by Astronauts on Moon "Pulls $940 Gs" at Auction
— The history of Hasselblad cameras used (and perhaps abused) during the Apollo moon missions.
Three days prior to its planned impact on a lunar mountain, mission controllers activated the camera aboard one of NASA's GRAIL twins to take some final photos from lunar orbit. The result is some of the best footage of the moon's surface captured so far
. [more inside]
The green flash
isn't quite the light show
that some might imagine, but is still impressive. But sunsets aren't alone in producing the green flash - the flash can also appear above the moon
. Up on Cerro Paranal
in northern Chile, ESO Photo Ambassador Gerhard Hüdepohl
has captured a very clear example of the a green flash above the moon
. [more inside]
is a French astrophotographer
. His new collection, Jeux Lunaires
(Moon Games) features whimsical and beautiful photos of the moon (NPR Gallery
). Many of the photos have been coupled with a poem and collected in a book which you can preview online. [more inside]
may just be the most peaceful, beautiful 5-1/2 minutes of your entire day: An audio slideshow look at some of the winning images, guided by one of the judges, of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich's 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Interested in "giving it a go"? Here are some guides
to photographing different aspects of the night sky.
New photos of the moon have revealed the most detailed views yet of a rare hole in the lunar surface — a pit large enough to swallow an entire football field whole.
"High-resolution cameras aboard the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft first spotted the irregularly shaped chasm, located in Mare Ingenii on the moon's southern hemisphere. Now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken a new, up-close photo of the moon pit
from lunar orbit."
team (previously: 1, 2, 3)
, with help from the U.S. Geological Survey, released yesterday
the first global map of the planet Mercury
. [more inside]
From grainy stills
to gorgeous high-resolution portraits
, from intimate pairings
to stark contrasts
, and from old standbys
to little-known surprises
, The Planetary Society
's Earth galleries offer a rich collection of stunning photography and video footage of our world as seen from both planetary spacecraft
and geostationary satellites
. It is a vista that has inspired many a deep thought
in the lucky few that have seen it firsthand [previously]
. Oh, and the rest of the Solar System
is pretty neat, too.
It's only a paper moon
- a charming vintage photo collection. (via recogedor)
Have you ever wondered what a solar eclipse would look like from space? The STEREO
(Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) has just sent back its view (awe-inspiring video included).
It has also sent back some gorgeous pictures
of our sun (and the McNaught Comet). For more media, check out the other galleries
(including some 3D images). For more about the project, see NASA's STEREO homepage
. Be sure to also stop by the Johns Hopkins University STEREO Page,
where you can download a mission guide (pdf), view animations, watch a video of the launch,
or even make your own papercraft STEREO model (pdf).
You can also learn more in six minute segments with their series of short educational videos.
A hoop, to draw the Earth's shadow:
illustrating yesterday's partial lunar eclipse
with a hoop and some creative camera positioning. Start here
and work your way towards the painter
. Via Spaceweather
. More photos of the eclipse on Flickr
Apollo 11 - 17 Mission Panoramas
- Hans Nyberg treats us with a stunning full-screen use of QTVR, taking high-resolution scans of Apollo 11, 12 and 17 panoramic photographs, stitching them together for a full 360° view. [from Slashdot]
Pale Blue Dot:
The Earth and Moon as photographed from Mars. Just in case you needed a bit of perspective.
This reminded me of one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.
Once on vacation in Eastern Oregon, there was a total eclipse of the moon, just like this one. And some people nearby were taking photographs of it.
photographs. The round-trip time to the moon at the speed of light is 3 seconds and I wouldn't even want to calculate the attenuation caused by 320,000 miles of range.
Sometimes it seems as if some people are completely and totally clueless about what they're doing.